Sunday, January 17, 2016

30 in 5

30 in 5

Week One of 30 in 5 is down and life is good.
30 in 5 is my New Year's Revolution for cleaning.
30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
The weekend completely free to do what I want.
(So free, in fact, that I forgot to blog yesterday!)

I started this years ago when I was a full time-student
with a part-time job and a full-time husband who worked shifts.
I managed to keep the house livable while meeting myself
coming and going by employing a few useful tips.

As life settled, those great habits slowly faded away.
Now I'm a full-time educator with a full-time husband and
very little time for just doing what I want.
It's the perils of a grown-up life.

I decided to dig out my old schedule and see how it'd work now.
Let me preface this by saying, start with a clean house.
This is actually more of a maintenance schedule
than a deep-cleaning schedule.  
I'm so pleased to announce I've had a clean-free weekend.
It's encouraging enough to continue.
Here's what I do.

Every Day:
Check for laundry, dishes, trash, and assorted straightening
(sorting the mail, arranging my lists, shelving books & magazines.)

Monday & Thursday:
Dust, Vacuum & Mop

Tuesday & Friday:
Bathroom & Wipe Down Kitchen

Change bedding

Saturday & Sunday:
Enjoy the weekend.
I still cook, wash those dishes and maybe, 
just MAYBE a load of laundry.

Most of these can be done in 30 minutes, usually while I'm cooking dinner.
I may only do parts.  After scrubbing the bath on Tuesday, it doesn't
necessarily need it again Friday.  But, I do wipe down
all icky surfaces, check the trash, change the shower curtain
(I use a cloth curtain I wash weekly) and mop, one of those days.
Wednesday, I changed my linens before work.  After work = free agent!
Maintenance is always better than starting from scratch
after a week of neglect.  It's worth the effort daily to have a free weekend.

Give it a try!

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